Over the course of our lives, we learn to internalize many voices. Some of these voices encourage us to live by faith. Other voices teach us to doubt ourselves.
Every internal voice you hear is not your own.
If a couple of strangers walked into your living space and started lounging around, would you confidently tell them to leave or would you grant them the right to stay since they managed to get inside of your house?
I assume you picked the second option because you understand that BEING there isn’t the same as BELONGING there.
Occupation and origination are two different concepts.
Occupation refers to where something resides.
Origination refers to the process by which something comes into being.
An idea can occupy space in your mind while still having it origins in another source.
“I’m an idiot.”
“It’s never going to work out for me.”
“I don’t have what it takes.”
“I have unique disadvantages that can’t be overcome.”
“I’m destined for failure.”
Have thoughts such as these ever occupied your awareness?
Did you ever question the origin of those thoughts or did you just assume that they must have belonged to you because they had the word “I” attached to them?
Being the master of your own mind requires you to reject the common tendency to accept self-defeating thoughts as your own JUST BECAUSE those thoughts are hanging out inside of your head.
Your true nature, as an expression of God, is unconditional love.
Any thought which contradicts the loving vibration of your inner being, is foreign to your nature. It’s an intruder-thought. It didn’t originate with you. It’s the voice of doubt internalized and disguised as your own.
If it doesn’t inspire you to love and believe in yourself, it doesn’t belong.
The next time you hear a voice in your head that says “I am” followed by a self-defeating proposition, catch yourself and say,“Wait a minute. That’s not my thought. I refuse to take ownership of that voice. It’s not mine. I don’t believe that. I know better. I’m not buying it today. There is a part of me which knows that all is well and I choose to identify with that part of me, rather than these thoughts which are temporarily passing through my awareness. I know who I am. I am a perfect unfolding of the wholeness of God and I choose to identify only with that which affirms my divinity.
That’s my two cents.